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we’re back for justice

find attached the new poster advertising the fact that ‘we’re back for justice’ whereby gail hickey and her family, her supporters, including this association, will rally once more outside the nsw parliament house at 12.30 on wednesday 19 march, 2014 to re-enforce the family demands that justice must be done on the circumstances of tj’s death arising from a redfern police pursuit and the ramming of tj on his bike by a redfern police officer causing tj to be somersaulted onto the spiked fence causing his death.

when we gathered at parliament house on the 14th february, 2014 parliament was not sitting so our invitations to both the attorney-general, greg smith, and the police minister, mike gallecher were unable to be complied with. hence our collective return on the 19th march, 2014 when both houses will be sitting.

isja, on behalf of gail and her family, re-invited both ministers to meet with gail and the family face to face to allow her to personalise her requests to the parliament for a new investigation and a subsequent new coronial inquest into the death of her son. further to that basic justice request are the other two requests that encapsulate a parliamentary apology for the death of her son and the right to affix the memorial plaque honouring tj to the fence-line.

we have received a reply from greg smith that he will be unable to accept the invitation to meet gail due to the fact that as the first law man of the state he will be ‘busy with his parliamentary duties’. this being the case, we then ask that, as on a previous occasion, greg delegate his chief of staff to attend to gail in his stead. at least we received a reply from greg and his office, nothing so professional has come from the police minister’s office.

late last year aboriginal parliamentarian ben wyatt of the wa parliament moved a heartfelt and moving motion to the wa parliament to give an apology to the mother of john pat, mrs. mavis pat, who lost her son 30 years ago last september when 16 year old john was killed by off-duty but drunken wa police at roebourne. see wa hansard for details. neither we nor gail can see any need for her to wait a further 20 years for such an apology to be made.

the memorial plaque has been an annual event in its own right since the atsi students group of the university of technology, sydney presented it to gail prior to the first anniversary of his death in 2005. since that time the redfern police have blocked the hickey family from honouring the death of tj at the site that led to his death. all around australia families and individuals have the right to honour the death of a loved one at the site where their loved one(s) met their death. shrines are made with flowers, personal mementos, among other icons are placed in the spot to honour and respect that tragedy that has touched the living.

gail and the family have been denied their right to do what hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of other citizens are allowed to do; to show their love, honour and respect for the gap in their lives.

and why? simply because the redfern police demand, and are granted by succeeding parliaments, their ‘right’ to arrange their own ‘facts and interpretations’ of events that occurred on that fateful february morning in 2004. the police view is that it is their ‘right’ to rearrange facts that then fully support a farrago of lies that is known as a brief of evidence, prepared by their fellow police officers, and then presented to a coroner under pressure from the then-carr government, somehow supports their angst that tj’s death arose from a ‘tragic accident’ rather than the truth of a ‘police chase.’

as a good friend and reader of these posts suggested, perhaps an acceptable compromise would be the inclusion of the following words, ” a tragic accident arising from a police chase”?

for far too long police who kill, whether by design or not, have been allowed to rewrite their own narratives to suit their own ends without either a wink or a nod to the true facts of each individual killing. tj is but one glaring example of police cover-up, lies and whitewash that have been rubber-stamped by coroners and governments across australia. but such high protection is not only freely given in australia but such venal and corrupt practices are an embedded process in countries around the world.

for 17 years here in australia this association has fought to expose these nefarious actions and bring peace and closure to those families who have suffered under the ‘bully-man’ tactics of corruptly investigating themselves and then exonerating their homicide deeds from the full scrutiny of the law.

come join us on wednesday 19th march, 2014 and let the o’farrell government know that we refuse to allow their police to kill our loved ones.any longer. we demand justice for all those families touched by a police death in custody event. over 200 aboriginal and torres strait islander deaths since 1980 and no police officer(s) found guilty of any wrong-doing but only because they investigate themselves.

are we really so stupid, naive or uncaring as a society to not only to have allowed it to be done but that we should allow it to continue?

are we?

are you?

fkj

ray jackson
president
indigenous social justice association

2013 Laureate
Prix de l’Homme de Francais
(French Human Rights Medal 2013)

isja01
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1303/200 pitt street waterloo 2017

www.isja.org.au

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greg, we extend to you another invitation for you to meet with gail hickey and her family outside of parliament house on 19th march, 2014 at 1230.

we urge you to take this opportunity to actually meet with gail, again, so as to allow her to personally put to you her pleas to seek justice and a parliamentary apology to her and her family.

we ask that you respect her call by coming out to meet with her face to face and to not only hear her requests but also actioning them.

we look forward to seeing you on the day.

mike, we extend to you another invitation for you to meet with gail hickey and her family outside of parliament house on 19th march, 2014 at 1230.

we urge you to take this opportunity to actually meet with gail so as to allow her to personally put to you her pleas to allow her to honour and respect her son’s tragic death on 14th february, 2004 by the placement of a memorial plaque on the fence-line site.

we ask that you respect her call by coming out to meet with her face to face and to not only hear her requests but also actioning them.

we look forward to seeing you on the day.

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